• Please Declare a Climate and Environmental Emergency Now
    The first line of the executive summary of the 2018 report of the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says “Limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society.” In order to make those societal changes now, we need our elected representatives to declare a climate and environmental emergency. If that action is not taken now, and consequently global warming exceeds 1.5°C, then the climate will change irriversibly (it already is) and within our lifetimes, we will experience unprecendented disruption to our social systems and ability to provide basic needs like food. These impacts are already being felt in the UK.
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  • Reduce cigarette butt litter
    Cigarette butts are a large source of marine litter
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  • ‘Refuse’ or ‘Recycle’?
    I think we need to take the message and activity of recycling much more serious. I hope the local authority acknowledge this activity as their responsibility, to offer opportunity for resident to be able to recycle more from their homes. Kirklees have recently prevented residents from bringing rubble and building waste to local refuse/ recycling facilities. Why? Surely the risk is fly-tipping so a greater to the environment. Why can Kirklees resident not recycle tin foil or more plastic? We should encourage more containment of such items. The local authority can promote this environmental issue amongst it’s residents.
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  • The Thin Blue Line Safe and Accessible Inclusive Cycling Route from Pelsall to Walsall Town NCN5
    It is important to make these routes accessible and safe, that are marked routes in Blue (The Thin Blue Line), the route at present only goes to Rycroft Cemetery. We want users of the route to be able to get from Pelsall Station Rd via a cycle crossing at Station Rd, Rushall then via to Cartbridge Lane South, on to a shared cycle/pathway along Lichfield Rd to the Walsall Arboretum or via Butts Street along Upper Foster Street to Walsall Town Centre or onto the existing shared cycling/pathway to Walsall College
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  • Health professionals petition to Barnet Council for declaration of a climate emergency
    Without urgent action, we fear the situation will deteriorate, as the 2018 Lancet ‘Countdown on health and climate change’ noted: A lack of progress in reducing emissions and building adaptive capacity threatens both human lives and the viability of the national health systems they depend on, with the potential to disrupt core public health infrastructure and overwhelm health services. https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2818%2932594-7/fulltext Hence we are calling for Barnet Council to join the 60+ councils across the UK who have already declared a climate emergency, as a step towards creating a carbon neutral borough by 2030. This action is an important step towards mitigating the adverse effects such as heat stress on the elderly, air pollution on children, and other health issues which we are increasingly encountering. The full motion to be considered is below: 30 July 2019: Full Council Motion: Cllr Alan Schneiderman Climate emergency motion Council notes: Over 60 councils have passed ‘climate emergency’ motions since the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report on Global Warming of 1.50C was published in October 2018. This report describes the major environmental harms that a 20C rise in world temperature is likely to cause and urges that governments and related authorities world-wide seek to limit global temperature rises to 1.50C. That there is cross party support for climate emergency motions and ambitious carbon reduction strategies – the 61 councils that already passed such a motion include Labour led, Conservative led, Liberal Democrat led and NOC authorities. That the IPCC’s Special report on Global Warming of 1.50C argues that limiting Global temperature rises to 1.50C may still be possible with ambitious action from national Governements AND local Government working in collaboration with partner agencies, organisations, groups and local communities. Council resolves: To acknowledge that there is a climate emergency and that as an authority we can play a part in trying to address it. To aim to make the London Borough of Barnet a carbon-neutral borough by 2030. To establish and support a climate change action group that is chaired by an individual from outside of the borough council and is comprised of representatives of all parties on the council, council officers, representatives of local employers, local education establishments, partner organisaitons, local community groups, faith groups, local environmental groups, trade unions and other representatives of local civil society to encourage and coordinate the drive towards a carbon-neutral borough. To require the Administration and senior officers to collaborate with this action group, to examine what more can be done by the borough council to deliver a carbon-neutral borough, and to work with the action group to produce and publish a plan setting out how the council, through itspolicies, practices and actions will help to deliver a carbon-neutral borough by the set date. To require that the Administration, as part of the regular performance review process routinely reviews progress against this plan and if necessary takes action to expedite progress towards the carbon-netural goal. To require that the Administration works with the Mayor of London and cross-party representatives from Councils across Greater London to produce a regional climate emergency strategic collaboration plan to move to a carbon –neutral region. Regular meetings of this group will become part of the battle for a carbon neutral region. To require that the chief executive and the leaders of all groups on the council jointly write to the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs declaring a climate emergency and urging him to give local government across the country powers and funding to take meaningful action to address this emergency.
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  • 20mph for Hadlow Village in Kent
    The Hadlow SpeedWatch team together with our Parish Council have begun a campaign to reduce the speed limit through Hadlow village centre to 20 mph. Also to reduce the 40mph to 30mph along the A26 entering and exiting Hadlow village. These reduced speed limits will make Hadlow a safer place for young and old alike. We NEED YOUR SUPPORT so please complete our online petition and help us get the support of the Council to make Hadlow a safer place for all. Many thanks for your help
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  • Mindless tree and vegetation removal .
    The trees and vegetation which have been at the side of tracks etc. have been there for hundreds of years .Network rail have over the last few years gone into overdrive removing it and not allowing if to regrow using various excuses for doing so . This natural barrier is a haven for animals and wildlife, acts as a privacy/sound barrier for those living close to the track and enhances the look of the area . It is also extremely important as the trees and shrubs help to protect against pollution and help cleaning the air.
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  • Stop Sheffield City Council mowing grass verges
    Long grass is an important habitat for many insects and we need to create more areas where they can live unhindered by needless destruction just for the sake of it looking nice.
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  • Sheffield City Council, stop using Glyphosate
    Glyphosate-based herbicides such as RoundUp and Touchdown pose a real risk to the public, our environment and horticultural workers. Glyphosate has been banned in Holland, Denmark, Sweden and France and some Councils around the UK such as Trafford, Brighton, Bristol and Croydon. Last year Sheffield City Council used 1750 litres of Glyphosate on our pavements, verges and parks. (see https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/use_of_herbicides_fungicides_gro) Roundup kills beneficial insects. It has been proven to cause mortality of species including bees, predatory mites, lacewings, ladybirds and predatory beetles. Argentinian studies suggest that glyphosate use leads to a decline in honeybee activity. The demise of the monarch butterfly population in New York has been blamed on glyphosate. Glyphosate in soil takes 140 days to break down to half its toxicity and will continue to be taken up by plants from the soil for 2 years and longer. It’s toxic to earthworms and inhibits mycorrhizal fungi. Mycorrhizal fungi are essential for tree health, collecting nutrients and water to feed their host plant and protecting tree roots from harmful fungi and root rot diseases. Research on Cancer (IARC) concluded that it was “probably carcinogenic”. Recently a breakthrough court case against Monsanto was won by a man who developed cancer after using Roundup. He was awarded $289 million in damages. Other councils now use eco-friendly alternatives such as non-toxic Foamstream. Methods such as Mesh-Tech are now available to combat Japanese Knotweed. This petition is supported by Extinction Rebellion Sheffield, Sheffield Green Parents, Sheffield Greenpeace and Sheffield Green Party. Photo is from the excellent website http://www.pan-uk.org
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  • Fareham Boro - please declare Climate Emergency
    We have less than 11 years to take urgent action to limit global warming to 1.5°C or we risk catastrophic and irreversible runaway climate change; this was the stark warning from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report “Global Warming of 1.5°C”. Humans have already caused approximately 1.0°C of warming, the devastating impacts of which have been seen around the world in the form of reduction of sea-ice in the Arctic, loss of coral reefs and extreme weather events. Many scientists agree that warming greater than 1.5°C will result in grave consequences for our global environment. It will impact us locally too. The price of food will rise significantly, there will be more weather extremes, and water shortages. It’s not too late to limit the problems. But it will require ambitious action from national and sub-national authorities, civil society, the private sector and local communities.
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  • Ban plastic sleeves on greeting cards
    We are at a tipping point in terms of non-recyclable plastics, and these single use sleeves are completely unnecessary. The number of them produced and thrown straight into landfill is absurd, they should be banned as soon as possible, they serve no meaningful purpose and are inevitably polluting waterways and landfill sites.
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    Created by Georgie Herety
  • Plastic Applicators
    The planet has enough damage already from plastic, plastic applicators are not biodegradable and contain body secretions that don't belong in the earth or in our oceans. Tampax should never have switched to plastic. Bring back the cardboard and paper!! Our wildlife and ocean life do not need it and neither do we!!!
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